1. Let's Get Physical

  1. Abhik Ghosh
  1. Marye Anne Fox

Published Online: 14 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch1

Letters to a Young Chemist

Letters to a Young Chemist

How to Cite

Anne Fox, M. (2011) Let's Get Physical, in Letters to a Young Chemist (ed A. Ghosh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118007099.ch1

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemistry, University of Tromsø, 9037 Tromsø, Norway

Author Information

  1. University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0005, La Jolla, CA 92093-0005 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470390436

Online ISBN: 9781118007099



  • from fundamentals to applications - physical organic chemistry, local environment and how it effects reaction rates, and stability of a key transition state;
  • syntheses of new molecules, ground and excited states - how structure affects chemical reactivity;
  • learning to do research, physical organic principles - positive research experiences leading to research


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • My Life as a Research Chemist

  • Learning to do Research: Physical Organic Principles

  • Becoming a Chemistry Professor: Conducting Independent Research

  • Pet

  • Photoelectrochemistry

  • Some Final Advice

  • Further Reading